Italian Hype: Ferrari Reveals Turbo Charged 488 GTB To Replace 458 Italia

Posted on 02.03.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The Ferrari 458 Italia is a beautiful car that many people absolutely loved.  It created some new Ferrari fans and won back some fans that were put off by the 360 Modena.  Although despite its success, Ferrari felt that the Italia was getting a bit old so they decided to refresh it into twin-turbo’d beast!  Yes, today Ferrari revealed the brand new 488 GTB which at first glance just looks like a 458 with re-worked body panels, and superficially that wouldn’t be wrong.  However, the real magic comes from the 488’s engine.  As I mentioned, with the help of two turbo chargers the 488 GTB’s 3.9 liter V8 makes 660 horsepower and 560 ft-lbs of torque.  That is 100 more horses than a standard 458 Italia and 60 more than a 458 Speciale.  To handle the increased torque Ferrari created a “Variable Torque Management” system for the transmission to make sure power delivery is not too jarring.

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As I mentioned on the outside the looks are very similar to what the 458 was save with a few styling cues that were inspired by the Ferrari 308.  Massive vents in the rear quarter panels look aggressive and likely serve to feed the deep breathing turbo V8 in the back.  While the front seems to have a bit less “drama” than the 458, it does look quite angry and functional.  There is an obvious splitter that makes no apologies about its purpose.  Where the 458 was “elegant” the 488 seems to be just mean.  But I mean that in the best way possible.

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The Ferrari 488 GTB will make its official world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and that is likely when we will find out more information such as release date, price, and production numbers.  For the official press release and specs scroll below.  For pictures, just click on any of the thumbnails for an HD resolution counterpart.

Press Release:

Ferrari 488 GTB: extreme power for extreme driving thrills

The new V8 debuts at Geneva: track-level performance and responsiveness for the road

Maranello, 3 February 2015 – Forty years on from the unveiling of its first ever mid-rear-engined V8 model, the 308 GTB, the Prancing Horse opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history. The Ferrari 488 GTB provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the full even by non-professional drivers in everyday use. Its response times, nimbleness and on-the-limit driving guarantee a unique sense of exhilaration and unparalleled driving pleasure.

The new berlinetta brilliantly encapsulates Ferrari’s experience in both F1 and the WEC, where the 458 GT holds the World Championship title and has won its category in the last two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The new model also exploits to the full the know-how gleaned by Ferrari technicians over the last decade through the XX programme which makes extreme track-only cars available to gentleman test-drivers. The data yielded has made a significant contribution to the refinement of the electronic and vehicle control systems so that drivers can make the most of the incredible performance of this new car.

The Ferrari 488 GTB’s new 3902 cc V8 turbo is at the top of its class for power output, torque and response times, making it the new benchmark for this kind of architecture. The engine unleashes 670 cv at 8,000 rpm along with 760 Nm of maximum torque in seventh gear and a response time to the accelerator of just 0.8 seconds at 2,000 rpm. These figures are sufficient to allow the Ferrari 488 GTB to accelerate from 0-200 km/h in an astonishing 8.3 seconds and, when combined with the radical innovations introduced on all aspects of the car’s performance, lap the Fiorano track in just 1’23”.

The gearbox features Variable Torque Management which unleashes the engine’s massive torque smoothly and powerfully right across the rev range, while specific gear ratios deliver incredibly progressive acceleration when the driver floors the throttle. As is always the case, Ferrari’s engineers have dedicated great attention to perfecting the 488 GTB’s sound, creating a new soundtrack that is full, clear and totally distinctive, as expected from any Prancing Horse engine.

The car’s aerodynamics also made a pivotal contribution to performance: its 1.67 efficiency figure is a new record for a production Ferrari, and is the fruit of 50 per cent more downforce than the previous model and reduced drag. The greatest challenge was achieving these two goals simultaneously. Several innovative elements were specifically developed to do so, not least a double front spoiler, base bleed side intakes and, at the rear, active aerodynamics coupled with a blown spoiler. The aerodynamic underbody, which incorporates vortex generators, is highly sophisticated, too.

The Ferrari 488 GTB’s subsystems and electronic controls make its power and performance instantly available and controllable. It is, in fact, the most responsive production model there is, with razor-sharp response times comparable to those of a track car.

The evolved version of Ferrari’s side slip angle control system (Side Slip Control 2 – SSC2) is more precise and less invasive, providing greater longitudinal acceleration out of corners.  Aside from integrating with the car’s F1-Trac and E-Diff, the SSC2 now also controls the active dampers which renders the car’s dynamic behaviour during complex manoeuvres even flatter and more stable.

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new car features very sculptural flanks which are the key to its character. Its large signature air intake scallop is a nod to the original 308 GTB and is divided into two sections by a splitter. The wide front spoiler features a double profile to improve the thermal efficiency of the radiators positioned at the sides. At the centre two pylons are combined with a deflector which channels air towards the flat underbody. The broad, low tail is also dominated by aerodynamic solutions, including an innovative blown spoiler which generates downforce without increasing drag. This works in conjunction with an aggressive ramp angle for the diffuser which features active flaps. The greater height required for the diffuser was achieved by repositioning the exhaust tailpipes. The circular LED tail lights have also been redesigned.

In the cabin, the seamless integration of the new satellite control clusters, angled air vents and instrument panel heightens the sense that the cockpit is completely tailored around the driver. Usability was the key word in the design, leading to an extremely sporty ambience that in no way compromises on comfort. There are plenty of classic Ferrari styling elements too, such as the clear separation between the dashboard and tunnel, the multifunctional steering wheel, the control switch bridge and wraparound seats. The graphics and interface of the infotainment screen have also been completely redesigned while the design of the car’s new key takes its inspiration from the car’s cylinder banks and allows keyless starts.

The Ferrari 488 GTB will make its world debut at the International Geneva Motor Show in March, but from today can be seen at www.ferrari.com.

For further information, please contact:
Jason Harris
Regional Manager – Communication
Tel: 01753 878704
Mob: 07748 333389
Email: jason.harris@ferrari.com

Ferrari 488 GTB

Technical specifications

ENGINE

Type
Overall displacement
Maximum power *
Maximum torque *
V8 – 90° Turbo
3902 cm3
492 kW (670 CV) at 8000 rpm
760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Length
Width
Height
Dry weight**
Weight distribution
4568 mm
1952 mm
1213 mm
1370 kg
46.5% Front – 53.5% Rear

PERFORMANCE

0-100 km/h                        3.0 s
0 -200 km/h                       8.3 s
Maximum speed                > 330 km/h

FUEL CONSUMPTION***
11.4 l/100 km

CO2 EMISSIONS ***
260 g/km

* With  98 RON petrol

**With lightweight options

*** ECE+EUDC combined cycle with HELE system

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F1 Hype: Ferrari Breaks Digital Cover On SF15-T

Posted on 01.30.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Its raining F1 cars!  Yesterday came the debut of McLaren’s MP4-30 and today the world gets its first look at Scuderia Ferrari’s new SF15-T chassis.  In case you were wondering the “T” stands for turbo…  This new chassis definitely cuts a striking silhouette.  At first glance it may not seem all that different from last year’s car but once you really let your eyes pour over it you start to see the subtle differences.  However, one very noticeable difference is the removal of the weird nose that most 2014 cars had do to some silly rule.  Now the design goes back to a sloping more simplistic nose piece.  In addition to showing off their new car’s lines, Ferrari also dropped a few specs as well.

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The SF15-T weighs 1547lbs with driver and fluids, the engine has 1.6 liters (or 1600 cc’s) of displacement, the engine redlines at 15,000rpms, and its transmission has 8 forward gears plus reverse.  According to Ferrari the SF15-T took 250,000 total manufacturing hours to complete, is made up of 20,000 square meters of carbon fiber, 100 different metal alloys, and its drivetrain (engine and transmission) comprises of 20,000 different parts.  If you are wondering how Ferrari’s engineers came up with the SF15-T’s shape, it probably hand something to do with the 1,500 hours it spent in a wind tunnel.

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All in all I think its safe to say that a lot of time and work went into Ferrari’s new chassis.  The question is can Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen capitalize on it?  Ah time will tell!  In the meantime, click on the thumbnails for larger pictures of the SF15-T.  You can also hit the source link below for a dedicated microsite that is full of videos and other interactive tidbits.

[Source: Ferrari SF15-T microsite]

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12 Days Of Hype: Genuine Ferrari F1 Engine Valve Desktop Display Piece

Posted on 12.18.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Car people love to put cool car stuff on their desks.  Its just a fact of life.  Anyone who loves cars probably has some cool car related thing on their desk at work or maybe hung up on their wall and they are always looking for something even cooler to replace the already cool thing they currently have.  Well this is the cool desk thing to end all cool desk things!  Right now from Ferrari, you can buy an engine valve from a genuine Ferrari F1 engine!  It even comes with a certificate of authenticity and a cool stand to display it with.  The stand will have a plaque that will state the car the valve came from and everything.  This is pretty awesome for just about any car person, specially if they are also an F1 fan!

This desktop piece will set you back $210 plus shipping, which may also be pricy if you want to get this in time for Christmas.  Hit the source link below if you are interested in ordering one.

[Source: store.Ferrari.com]

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12 Days Of Hype: Exotics Racing Is The Only Way To Drive An Exotic Car Like You Stole It…Without Stealing It..

Posted on 12.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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In the last “12 Days Of Hype” post I talked about Skip Barber racing school as a great gift for the hardcore motorsports fan in your life.  However, if you want to just gift someone a day on a race track with crazy exotic cars like Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and the like, then Exotics Racing is a good choice as well.  With Facilities at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway in California they are within relatively easy reach for anyone on the west coast.  Exotics Racing offers different packages that allow participants to take hot laps in one of up to 15 cars that cover the gamut.  Want to drive a Lamborghini Huracan? They have one.  What about a Ferrari 458 Italia? They have a few of those too.  McLaren MP4-12C? Yessir!  They even have Nissan GT-R’s available.

Since all of their experiences are one day they are much easier on the wallet than say a full racing school such as Skip Barber.  Driving packages at Exotics Racing start at around $199 and go up from there.  If someone just wants to ride shot gun then there are high-speed ride alongs offered for $99.  I have personally checked out the facility at Auto Club Speedway and I can tell you that the staff really goes the distance to make sure participants have a good experience.  If you are trying to think of a good gift then I would recommend considering a day at Exotics Racing.  Hit the source link below for more info.

[Source: ExoticsRacing.com]

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Hype News: Nissan Presents Deadmau5 With Nyan Cat Edition GT-R To Make Up For Ferrari Kerfuffle (UPDATED)

Posted on 09.03.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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For those who follow world famous musician “Deadmau5″ on twitter you’d know that enjoys things with a bit of flair.  This is probably why he wrapped a brand new Ferrari 458 with a full Nyan Cat livery and custom “Purrari” badges for the 2014 Gumball 3000 rally.  He originally did it just for the rally but the “Purrari” got such a positive response from his fans and followers that he kept the wrap on for a while.  However, Ferrari was none-to-pleased with the DJ’s take on their newest sports car and actually sent him a cease and desist letter to return the Ferrari back to stock.  Don’t believe us?  Here is the tweet from the man himself:

The Purrari is officially no more and is back to a regular ol’ boring six figure Italian sports car.  It sucked for Mr. Mau5 and definitely put him in a bad mood.  Today Nissan decided to cheer him up by “presenting” him with an Nyan Cat liveried GT-R complete with a “Deadmau5 edition” badge!  See Nissan’s tweet below:

Score one for Nissan!  Maybe this will teach Ferrari’s legal department to lighten up a bit? …Nahhh.  UPDATE: It looks like this is actually just a playful photoshop done by Nissan which is kind of a bummer.  I think they should totally print up a wrap and make it official!

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Event Hype: Mother’s Car Polish Exotic Car Show (Gallery)

Posted on 04.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Here we are with another gallery from the epic Long Beach Grand Prix weekend.  As you may or may not know, the TUDOR series has their race on Saturday, so come Saturday night their paddock clears out as they head off to the next race.  In its place on Sunday morning is a cavalcade of luxury and exotic cars filling the lot completely and its all furnished by Mother’s Car Polish.  First thing Sunday morning I headed out to the newly filled lot and started shooting away.  Granted, not every car there was photo worthy but I snapped the best stuff and now I am presenting it all to you in a new gallery.  Just scroll down to check it out.

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Hype Meet: Cars And Coffee Irvine 3-15-14

Posted on 03.19.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Ok this site was starting to get a little dusty so its time to push forward again with some fresh new content.  We are starting off with my return to Cars And Coffee Irvine last weekend.  In all honesty I just visited to get a little extra shooting time in before I headed off to the Formula Drift Tech Day AKA Source Interlink casting call.  However, I lucked out in the fact that it just so happened that Porsche decided to bring a genuine production-spec 918 Spyder to the event!  News of the Spyder’s appearance brought out many of my industry friends and colleagues like Jon Sibal, Bisi of Bisimoto engineering, and even my old friend and mentor Craig Lieberman!  In fact, I ran into so many people that I haven’t seen in a long time that I actually didn’t take as many pictures as I wanted! But I have a healthy bunch of photos below.  Enjoy!

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Hype Video: On Board Lap Of Sepang In A Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO Because Friday

Posted on 02.21.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Ever wonder what its like to take a lap around the legendary Sepang circuit?  What about taking a lap around Sepang in a purpose built go-fasty-fast Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO?  I wonder that too!  Although its unlikely (for me anyway) that such an experience will ever happen.  However, we can at least know what it would look like thanks to Ferrari posting this video on their YouTube channel.  Scroll down and take a ride with driver Paul Van Lohenhout as he hits every apex Sepang has to offer!

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News: Michael Schumacher In Coma After Skiing Accident (VIDEO UPDATE 1-2-14)

Posted on 12.30.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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It really sucks to come back from our little break with bad news but in case any of you F1 fans have not heard yet, 7 time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher is currently in a medically induced coma after hitting his head in a skiing accident while in France.

He was on an unmarked ski slope with his 14 year old son when he lost control and hit his head against a rock.  Michael was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident but the impact was still great enough to cause significant damage.  Although it was reported that when ambulance was air lifting Schumacher to the hospital he was awake but dazed.  Upon reaching the hospital doctors felt it was best to medically put Michael into a coma so they could work on stopping any bleeding and/or swelling of his brain.

As of now Michael is in continuous care and his condition has been described as “life threatening” and his future at this point is uncertain.  The full extent of his injuries are still unknown but racing fans all over the world including myself are all hoping that Schumacher comes out of this ordeal OK.

I will try to report any new developments on this as they become available.

Our thoughts are with the Schumacher family as well as Michael’s close friends at this difficult time.

UPDATE 1-2-14: According to a report today from NBC World news Schumacher’s condition has gotten “slightly” better according to the specialists working on him.  He is currently “stable” but still “critical” however there was a “window of opportunity” for surgeons to remove a few major blood clots from Michael’s brain.  He also remains in a medically induced coma while also having his body temperature carefully regulated to help reduce brain swelling.  His team of doctors recently held a news conference in which the situation was explained in a bit more detail.  You can watch the NBC report below.

[Sources: BBC, Chicago Tribune, NBC World News]

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Hype Event: Exotics Racing Opens At California Speedway

Posted on 12.16.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Unfortunately, there are many car lovers out there who will probably never get to own amazing cars like the Ferrari 458, the Lamborghini Gallardo, the Porsche 911 turbo, or a Nissan GT-R.  If I had my way everyone in the world would be able to have one of these cars in their driveway, but alas such a thing is not possible (not yet anyway).

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Although there is another way… What if I told you that you could drive six-figure exotic supercars, on a race track no less?  Well thanks to Exotics Racing such a thing is in fact possible.  I know since I got to pay them a visit at something of a soft opening at their new location at Auto Club Speedway (AKA California Speedway).  Exotics Racing is essentially every car nut’s dream come true.  Imagine showing up at a race track with a fleet of top-end super cars parked in front of you.  Then, a professional driving instructor approaches you and walks you to any of the cars you’d like then coaches you through several laps at full tilt?  In a nutshell that is the reality of Exotics Racing.  All you need to do is show up, pick a driving package and then you are off!

Well, there are a few formalities.  After you choose from a range of driving packages that includes everything from laps in any car you want to ride longs, and even drift car ride alongs, you join a group for a short “in class” instruction session in which the teacher (a professional driver) will talk about the fundamentals of how to drive a supercar, how to drive a supercar fast, and how not to crash said super car.

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After the class session the group is split up into smaller groups and taken out in a pair of Porsche Cayennes to take an “introduction lap”.  This is pretty much the equivalent to a “track walk”.  During the introduction lap the instructor will point out all the nuances of the track, covering breaking points, driving line, etc.  All of this is an effort to get the drivers more accustomed to the course.

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From there, you just wait for your name to be called by a driving instructor and you are then escorted to the car of your choice for several laps of awesome!  The really cool part is there are add-ons to help you document your experience the best of which is a video package.  Each car comes equipped with several cameras and track GPS to capture what’s going on outside and inside and it records the entire experience.  For an extra fee drivers can have their videos edited and given to them on DVD or data disc so they can upload their laps to YouTube, Facebook etc.  Trust me, you will want to do this should you pay Exotics Racing a visit.

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Although I’d have to say one of the coolest things I saw in my visit was Tony’s driving experience.  Who’s Tony?  Tony is a great guy who is a huge sports car enthusiast and also happens to be confined to a wheelchair.  Despite being in a wheel chair Tony is a avid driver thanks to the advent of special hand controls that Tony can use for the throttle and brake.  Exotics Racing is as far as I know, the only service of its kind to offer hand controls for participants who use wheelchairs.  And since the hand controls are removable, wheelchair participants still have a healthy choice of supercars to choose from.  Tony chose the black Ferrari F430 Scuderia…an excellent choice if I’d say so myself!

If you are in California or Las Vegas (their two locations) I would highly recommend checking out Exotics Racing for yourself.  Its well worth the price for experience provided!  If you want to try it out for yourself visit ExoticsRacing.com to book a day!

 

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